Tasting Notes for anubis

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Red
3/26/2022 - anubis wrote:
92 points
I agree with Matt about it being full bodied, dark and inky. While decanting, spilt a little on the table. Wiping it off with a paper towel showed just how dark and inky. I thought the tannins were well integrated with the extra 2 years ageing and went perfectly with the (spicy) steak dianne we had it with. One bottle left, I think it's still developing in the bottle, so will mark it to drink in 18 - 24 months time to let the 14.5% alcohol integrate a bit more.
Red
Tasted over two nights. Aired for 90 minutes, hardly any sediment. Colour and body are on the fuller side for Pinot Noir, which is what draws me to this wine. There was an obvious slight cloudiness to the garnet colour of the wine. Taste is earthy, low (to none) tannins and nicely dry. First night, had it with roast duck. Great pairing. Second night was with beef with butter encrusted dukkah, with the licorice of the wine matching the aniseed of the dukkah. Once again, this shows the wine can be matched with many types of food. My 1st of 4 bottles, love this wine! It's good drinking now, not sure it will develop much more but it will be fun exploring the next 3 bottles over the next 3 to 4 years. 13.0% alcohol.
Red - Sparkling
2/8/2022 - anubis wrote:
10 years old. My last bottle of 12. Probably a good thing too. A lot less "bubbles" with it on the way to turning into a still wine. I could taste the age and I'm not sure it added anything. I am tending towards drinking Black Shiraz's in the 4 to 6 year age. Drink very soon.
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White - Sparkling
10/2/2021 - anubis wrote:
flawed
Cork did not "pop" when opened.
Tasted off.
White
Tasted 17-Sep-2021: Looks like a synthetic cork with a very hard wax seal. 12.5% Alc; Dry
Very pale clear yellow colour. Popped and poured.
Mineral and floral aromas.
Medium body and smooth shortish length.
Earthy, stone fruit and some mineral taste.
Low to medium acidity.
Drink now but will further develop over the next 5 years.
Food parings: Mustard chicken
Red
Tasted: 1-Oct-2021; Cork; 16% Alc; Dry
Dark plum colour. Decanted for 30 minutes; No sediment.
Woody, spicy and alcohol on the nose.
Full body. Medium Tannins. Long finish.
Wood, spice and some alcohol comes through with tasting.
Good now and hopefully the alcohol will further integrate over the next few years. Happy with my drink by 2025.
Food parings: Beef with mushroom sauce. Maybe lamb shanks.
White
9/12/2021 - anubis wrote:
Tasted 11-Sep-2021; Screwcap; 12% Alc; Dry.
Darkish straw color. No sediment. No decanting.
Some woody aroma.
Medium to full body. Will continue to develop more body with aging.
Citrus and some minerality in the taste with a long finish, medium acidity and alcohol well integrated.
Good now, but should develop over next few years.
Food parings: Roast pork. Semi hard cheese like Jarlsberg
White
7/17/2016 - anubis wrote:
88 points
As per other tasting notes, this wine is on the sweet side and hides the riesling to an extent. The label suggests it is just on the dry side. Alcohol level is 8.5%. Between the sweetness and the alcohol level, you could drink this wine all day. I don't see it improving anymore, so drink up. Good with spicy asian/indian food and/or Sunday lunch.
Red
1/11/2014 - anubis Likes this wine:
90 points
Has improved over the last few years. Very well balanced. Should be good for another couple of years. [cork, 14.5% alc]
Red - Sparkling
12/22/2012 - anubis Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine is always a cut above other (cheaper) sparkling shiraz's. The hint of sweetness, the fine bubbles, and of course the taste make it an outstanding wine. [cork, 13.5% alc]
Red
Nice taste, body, length and balance. Good drinking now, but will also be good for a number of years to come. [screwcap, 14.5% alc]
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Red
2004 Rockford Rod & Spur Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
12/7/2012 - anubis Likes this wine:
90 points
Breathed for 30 minutes. Good fruit and sweetness through mouth. Taste lasts on the back palate. Drinking well now and could improve a little more over the next few years. [cork, 14.5% alc]
Red
9/1/2012 - anubis Likes this wine:
90 points
Earthy and aged taste. Good balance and length. Nice. Will keep for another 3 to 5 years at least. [screwcap, 13.5% alc]
Red
8/7/2012 - anubis wrote:
86 points
Was not cellared. Cork broke half way out and was very dry. Used for cooking in a pasta sauce and had a glass with dinner. No body or length. Taste was good. [cork, 14.0%alc]
Red
8/5/2012 - anubis Likes this wine:
89 points
Very nice with BBQ steak; Good for at least another 2 years. 90% Cab sav, 5% merlot & 5% cab franc. [screwcap 13.5% alc]
White
6/9/2012 - anubis Likes this wine:
89 points
Medium to dark gold in colour. Medium body with good length. Went well with the chicken dish we had. Very good drinking now and should hold up for another two or three years at least. [screwcap]
White
6/7/2012 - anubis wrote:
Very full body. Lots of mineral. Very dark yellow look. Held up well for its age. [cork, 13.0% alc]
White
Lightly oaked, just the way we like it. [screwcap, 13.5% alc]
Red
5/26/2012 - anubis wrote:
86 points
Decanted and let sit for 2 hours. Not a lot of standout taste. Still too much tannins. Moving my next drink by date out to next year to let it improve further. [screwcap, 14.0% alc]
Red
3/30/2012 - anubis Likes this wine:
90 points
Second of my bottles, last drunk over a year ago and at that time was not impressive. The improvement in this bottle over that last year has been substantial. Subtle fruit on initial taste and medium lasting in the mouth. (screwcap, 14.5%alc)
Red
2/12/2012 - anubis Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice. Not as much body as I remember from the cellar door tasting. Good length and balance. I'm going to knock a year off my drink by date, as I am not sure it is going to develop much more.
Red - Sparkling
Mmmm, nice again. Only one bottle left. :-(
Red
1/14/2012 - anubis Likes this wine:
90 points
This bottle has a butterscotch like flavour. It has improved again in the last 6 months. Unfortunately this was my last so I won't see it improve anymore. Upped my rating another notch.
Red
2006 Rockford Moppa Springs Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/16/2011 - anubis Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice and lightish GSM. (Grenache 54%, Mataro 34.5%, Shiraz 11.5%). Had two bottles, first decantered 90 minutes prior to drinking, 2nd was popped and poured. First was smoother then the 2nd, but the 2nd opened up quickly. Good drinking now and will hold up for another couple of years. [cork, 14.8% alc]
White
8/27/2011 - anubis Likes this wine:
89 points
Oak was less obvious, even more integrated and balanced in this one. Definitely has a few more years left with this one. [screwcap, 13.0% alc]
White
2010 Clonakilla Sémillon Sauvignon Blanc Canberra District Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/5/2011 - anubis Likes this wine:
87 points
Very pale straw colour. Citrus nose. Bit bitey up front, long lasting in mouth. Semillon balances the Sauv Blanc. Good with Thai. [screwcap, 12.5% alc]
Red
8/3/2011 - anubis Likes this wine:
89 points
Once again this wine is very nice, one of my favourites at the price point. Balanced, even with the 15% alc. Goes nicely with BBQ beef. Still happy [my only remaining] bottle will last another couple of years. [screwcap, 15.0% alc]
Red
7/16/2011 - anubis Likes this wine:
87 points
Very dark blackberry colour. Fruity up front and dwindles towards the back of mouth. Some balanced tannins. [screwcap, 14% alc]
White
7/15/2011 - anubis wrote:
85 points
A little bit washed out, lowish alc could contribute. Taste didn't last long in the mouth. Probably wouldn't hurt to give it another year or two in the bottle. [screwcap, 11% alc]
Red - Sparkling
Yet another great example of the sparkling Black Shiraz. Sweetness is Just right. Ready to drink now, but will hold for a number of years yet.
Red
2009 Rockford Frugal Farmer Barossa Valley Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
6/11/2011 - anubis wrote:
85 points
In the style of a light red, bright garnish colour, almost Pinot Noir'ish. A little bit of spiciness and has some tannins like the 2008 model. Medium body, and loses it's mouth about midway. Made from crushing Grenache and Mataro onto Alicante skins and fermenting them together. Good easy to drink light red. Could be let sit a while to let the tannins out. [screwcap, 12.5% alc]
White
6/10/2011 - anubis wrote:
Seemed a bit sweeter this time around, otherwise consistent with previous note.
White
5/20/2011 - anubis Likes this wine:
87 points
Sweet style of Reisling, light on alcohol, but you wouldn't know it. [screwcap, 9% alc]
Red
5/21/2011 - anubis wrote:
89 points
Consistent with previous notes. Has improved again since last opened. Improve rating by one.
Red
5/21/2011 - anubis wrote:
92 points
Musty with early on. Earthy tastes with fair bit of oak. Long in mouth. [screwcap, 13.5% alc]
White
5/6/2011 - anubis wrote:
Very sharp and minerally taste. Not to my taste. Not rating it as it's not to my taste, which is not the wines fault.
White
2010 Matua First Frost Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (view label images)
4/1/2011 - anubis Does not like this wine:
79 points
Not a patch on a real sav blanc. Fruit is very subdued, so if you are after a typical sav blanc taste, you'll be disappointed. Low alcohol and low calories are it's selling point. [screwcap, 9.5% alc]
Red
3/31/2011 - anubis Likes this wine:
88 points
Very young to drink, very sharp on first taste. Decanted and let air for about an hour and it opened up nicely and lost it's sharpness whilst drinking over he next hour. Worth putting aside for a few years.
White
3/4/2011 - anubis Likes this wine:
88 points
Typical Rockford fronti. Fruit is slightly subdued compared to other years, but is well balanced. Good summer/spicy food wine. Drink now. [screwcap, 10.1% alc]
White
3/4/2011 - anubis wrote:
87 points
Lots of oak, but for those who can handle it, it is well integrated. Good for a number of years yet. [screwcap, 13.0% alc]
Red
1/16/2011 - anubis Likes this wine:
88 points
Typical medium cherry colour for Pinot Nior's. Nice bouquet. Young fruit taste and medium length in mouth. [screwcap, 14% alc]
Red
1/9/2011 - anubis wrote:
Nothing to shout about. Maybe too young. Also, first experience with Zinfandel. Bumping next drink date to 2012 [screwcap, 14.5% alc].
White
1/14/2011 - anubis wrote:
This one seemed to have less fruit and wasn't as tasty as previous bottles. Still have 3 left, lets see how they come up. Dropped latest drinking back to 2010 as it could be past it's best.
White
Score and comments as per previous tasting note. Wine has held up well over the last year. As always, this wine goes very well with spicy food, especially Thai. Alas, last of my 2009 stock.
Red
2009 Majella The Musician Coonawarra Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
12/30/2010 - anubis wrote:
82 points
Pop and poured to try to see if I will purchase more. Too young. Has a bit of an initial tart taste. Needs a lot more age and/or airing before drinking. Will give a miss for the time being.
Day 2: Tartiness gone, has a very earthy initial taste. Not bad now, but still too young, needs two more years. Increased rating from 80 to 82.
Red - Sparkling
N.V. Grant Burge Shiraz Cabernet méthode traditionelle Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
12/18/2010 - anubis Likes this wine:
87 points
This time round could taste the shiraz more and had a touch of sweetness to it. Will drink purchase again. Don't drink too cold, but don't let it get to room temperature either.
Red
11/27/2010 - anubis Likes this wine:
90 points
Fair bit of fruit, well balanced and long in the mouth with a very small amount of tannins. Has at least 2 years of development left and lots of time after that to drink. [cork, 13.5% ALC]
Red
11/16/2010 - anubis Likes this wine:
88 points
Very nice hints of mocha and chocolate. Smooth and balanced. Has improved a lot over last 6 months since last tasting. [screwcap, 13.5% alc]
Red
2006 Mr. Riggs Piebald Shiraz Viognier Adelaide Hills Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
11/6/2010 - anubis wrote:
85 points
A bit sharp at this stage, probably to do with the 15% alc. I'm going to leave for a couple of more years before trying again. [screwcap, 15% alc]
White
10/23/2010 - anubis wrote:
Bottle # 0836: Consistent with previous notes. Oak is a touch too much for me, and definitely too much for the wife.
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